Sunday, August 30, 2015

Quirky Chairs

Dear One and I are always searching out one of a kind items for the shop.  I wish I had room in the house for these chairs.

Got them at an estate sale--and the owner painted each seat a bit differently--think sort of modern plaid or tartan.  Solid.  Pegged.  Adorable.  Great for a porch or kitchen.  $40.00 each. Will sell separately.  They will be in Odana next trip.  Send me an email if interested.

Friday, August 21, 2015


This summer I wanted to try my hand at baking bread.  But Summer refuses to slow down.

My pile of summer reading is shorter, but still has many titles I have not cracked the spine.

The list of recipes using summer produce has been dabbled at--but is not complete.  The middle of August and I only made gazpacho once?  Unheard of.

The ongoing task of unloading "treasure" from the garage?  Modestly successful.

Something about late summer this year is different.  I publish this in late August--as I look at my calendar from this time last year.  This August  for me is so different from this time last year. This August, I am taking some time to reflect on a few "namesakes" that remind me of times when summers did not move so fast and drivers were not so aggressive and people were more tolerant of differing opinions.  (So many do revolve around food....)

Grandma Lenore's State Fair Coffeecake
Jane's Lasagna
Joan's Raspberry Jelly
Mary Lynn's salad dressing
Linda's Salad dressing which was the best, but now I have made Mary Lynn's....
Gayle's Famous Potato Salad
Sue D's Just About Anything to Eat
Ralph's Breakfast Casserole (Who IS Ralph?)
Ina's Quiche (with a few tweeks)
Mildred's Creamettes
Kay's Blueberry muffins

The weather is still warm.  There is time for me to bake that bread.  Summer is still here--although I am hanging onto it with my finger tips.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Elusive Antique Trends

After 25 years in the antiques business, you would think it would be easier for me to figure out what people want to buy.
If Dear One and I listed all the inventory that we have sold in 2015 to date, there are no trends and no patterns to what we have sold, the pricing of same, or ability to draw conclusions on what to buy in the future.  Great.  Nice solid footing for our business plan.

Antique selling is hands down a "crap shoot."  The comparison to one of the most risky of gambling games is spot on.  We sell an expensive painting one month and cheap furniture the next.  The following month, nothing large, just modest priced smalls.  The items that I vow to leave in the shop "one more month" are then quickly sold on next months shop tally.  What gives?

My favorite design and antiques magazines come from England.  They are eye candy to me, but are not the most accurate on current American antique and vintage buying trends.
Recent English magazines show color color color--and particularly burnished gold accessories.  That is not the current trend for American Midwest buyers.  Southern Midwest buyers still want country primitives.  Try selling those in Madison Wisconsin.  Chicago buyers like edgy.  Rockford buyers still want stoneware and pantry boxes.  Elkhorn  Market buyers want $600 sets of puppets and $5.00 wooden pulleys.  Madison buyers want mid century furniture one month and a hepplewhite side table the next.

Moving forward, Dear One and I are going to go for a more varied mix at shop and shows.  We will work harder on a variety of price points to appeal to a wider range of pocketbooks.

I have recently started working at a resale shop in a western suburb of Chicago.  The shop is owned by our church and all money raised goes to local outreach within 25 miles of the shop.  It is a snappy shop with a clientele of folks looking for quality items at attractive prices.  I am learning a great deal about rotating merchandise and display and pricing.  My education is not over. 

Predicting buying trends isn't rocket science.  But it is a moving target.

No More Concrete or Cast Iron Please

Dear One  and I spend many good hours wandering around looking for quirky things to sell.  There is nothing that makes a dealer smile more t...